Independent producer opens a window on the filmmaking process

About 40 film crew members and actors are crowded into a small Brentwood apartment, taking a short break in the middle of a 12-hour shoot for an independent feature film called "Grooming Giselle."

One actor is slumped in a chair rehearsing his lines; another is munching cereal on the front porch that has been converted into a makeshift concession area. A third actor, dressed in drag, is strutting across the small living room in nothing but pink underwear. He is joking with the makeup artist about the painful wax job she just gave him.

"You have a great butt," one of the producers observes.

Normally, such behind-the-scenes banter would be off limits to movie audiences or maybe available only in the bonus features of a DVD.

But the producers of this ultra-low-budget romantic comedy about a deadbeat actor and his sister who becomes mixed up with the mob took an unorthodox approach: They decided to turn the cameras on themselves, using a live video stream to let viewers watch the production from beginning to end and interact with the film's cast and crew through a chat room.

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